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Aqua Restaurant

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Seafood, Contemporary
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1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949 (Route 12 North)
+1 252-261-9700
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with...
Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature martinis, contemporary, regionally inspired cuisine, with a children's menu and groups encouraged. Live music and sushi in season. Events and weddings; no better venue on the water. Cheers, let's meet at AQUA!
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 170
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    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food and views

Have been here many times. Love the fish and chips. Views are great. Wait staff are friendly and food is consistently good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
corolla101
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Corolla, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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344 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Had a reservation for 10 and we sat watching the water. What a wonderful view. Our wait staff was wonderful. Our meals very tasty and plentiful. Prices were very good. A fun time brunch had by all.

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Vienna, VA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Haven't been here for dinner or sunset yet, but based on just one lunch I will definitely be trying them out for dinner. Really nice waterfront view of the sound, really good lunch sandwiches, well done cocktails, and good beer on draft. Waiter was attentive without being overbearing. The spa upstairs was nice too (we came back the next day... More 

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Corolla, North Carolina
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69 reviews 69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Have been here many times. Love the fish and chips. Views are great. Wait staff are friendly and food is consistently good.

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Mathews, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Found this to be an excellent find! This was our first experience at Aqua and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the New Years buffet. I am not typically a buffet lover. We will visit this restaurant in our next visit to Duck. Cannot wait to try there regular menu!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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203 reviews 203 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Dinner at Aqua was an OK experience. We thought the prices were on the high side considering it was off-season and the place was deserted. The menu also seemed a bit limited though we did appreciate the willingness of the kitchen to alter a dish to accommodate one of our group. The only solo shrimp dish for example was a... More 

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Amissville, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Dined New Year's Eve on excellent Crab Slough oysters, braised pork shank with greens and fingerling potatoes, and an exquisite key lime creme brulee. Came back for New Year's Day 'Recovery Party' a buffet of eastern Carolina barbeque, collards, black eyed peas, mac and cheese, and slaw. True to New Year tradition in this part of the country. Both meals... More 

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Hagerstown Maryland, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Went for their "Recovery Party" that included a plate of traditional New Years Day food (shredded pork, collards, black eyed peas). Mimosas and other drink specials. Right on the water. A trio playing outside in 40 degree weather. Gas fire pits were a welcome touch. Meet some nice people from upstate NY. Would definitely go back to sample their full... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We dined here while in the OBX for business. We came for lunch at the recommendation of a colleague & it was so good that we came back with friends that night for dinner. First, we started with the El Capitan, which was absolutely delicious. For lunch, I had the cheeseburger with truffle fries which was very good. I highly... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The people were so friendly and the food was DELICIOUS!!! They also had a guitarist playing in the bar - he added to the ambiance! Very romantic!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

They nicely accommodated our party of eight in a table to the side that reduced noise. Crab dip and crab cakes were very good; catch of the day pretty good. Pleasant, open, moderately upscale atmosphere - nice for evening out.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949
    (Route 12 North)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-9700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 32
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature martinis, contemporary, regionally inspired cuisine, with a children's menu and groups encouraged. Live music and sushi in season. Events and weddings; no better venue on the water. Cheers, let's meet at AQUA!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?